Welcome to week 24, What is Nature? Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-Along Series.
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What is Nature? Charlotte Mason Home Education Read-along
This week we are reading pages 100-104 of the Home Education volume. What is Nature?
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I am using the Original Homeschooling Series, Volume One, Home Education- the pink books.
All persons born with the same primary desires
Cm first opens this week’s reading once again with the phrase. “Habit is TEN natures”. She states that this saying impressed upon her that it may be the key to education.
She goes on to say that all people are born with the same instincts and desires- the desire for knowledge, the desire for society, the desire for esteem. The latter, she says, can be a powerful tool in the hands of an educator.
We also all experience the same affections, or emotions, as one another: joy, grief, love, resentment, benevolence, sympathy, fear and more. Children and adults alike are quite the same when you consider it.
Content of the most elemental notion of human nature
All of this, plus the and much more help to make up the elemental notion of human nature and it is important to consider this nature when we also consider education.
Nature plus heredity
Here, she says is what ‘cements’ ones nature: heredity. All the personality traits that we see in humans, children and adults alike, have been formed through family heredity. Stubbornness, quirks, actions, temperament, responses to environments, talents, and more are often a direct result of the generational heredity that we grow up with. And, once formed, is very difficult to change.
Plus physical conditions
And then, of course, the child’s physical condition must be considered.
Human nature the sum of certain attributes
We are tempted, when considering all of the above, that we should merely let a child develop as they are because it would be too difficult to change them.
The child must not be left to his human nature
Parents, Charlotte says, must be committed to educating their children in moral strength and purpose, as well as intellectual activity just as they are to feeding and clothing them. She concludes that a child’s will is feeble, weak, and cannot be counted on as the power of education and that we must consider that it is the human nature of a child that is strong.
Problem before the educator
It is a problem to just let a child rule themselves and their own virtue.
Divine grace works on the lines of human effort
While Divine Grace is most certainly needed for a solution to this problem, it must be said that human effort must also play a part to grow in moral strength and character development. Charlotte says that a parent who takes the time to to understand their role in educating their child will, most certainly receive Divine Grace to carry it out, but their must be an effort first.
The trust of parents must not be supine
Nature must not be allowed to simply run wild in our children. We have a duty to cultivate their nature into something of value and fruitful character.
My takeaway from This Week’s Charlotte Mason Reading
Understanding the human nature of my child is important because their nature will trump their will every time if I do not train them otherwise.
When I consider all that CM has to say this week, I feel the true weight of my responsibility as a mother and educator. If I take the time to train and cultivate my child’s character, my child, myself and the world will be rewarded. If I let them run rampart with their current character unchecked, them I should not be surprised when thorns and weeds spring up.
But in all of these things, I should invite and look for Divine Grace to help me in such a large task.